Inspirational Doncaster war hero Ben Parkinson has kicked off a massive fundraising drive to boost a cancer campaign in the run up to Christmas.
The badly-injured soldier has given his backing to Doncaster Cancer Detection Trust’s Mile of Scarves initiative which aims to do exactly as its name suggests - and that’s to collect a mile’s worth of scarves.
Ben, Doncaster North MP Ed MIliband and Doncaster Central MP Rosie Winterton were all at the launch in the Frenchgate Centre which backs our Miles Better Million campaign.
The Doncaster Free Press has joined forces with DCDT in a bid to raise £1 million to help bring vital radiotherapy services to Doncaster for the first time ever.
When we reach our target, it will mean hundreds of local cancer patients will be spared gruelling trips across South Yorkshire to Sheffield for treatment.
To show support, Doncaster people are being urged to donate unwanted scarves in a bid to create a mile long chain which will be displayed in the Frenchgate Centre in January.
The scarves will then be sold in aid of the appeal, which has so far raised £100,000.
Old and new scarves can be donated - and around 1,200 are needed to reach the mile. Scarves can be handed in at Frenchgate Customer Services desk, Tom Wood florist on Printing Office Street or the Mercure Doncaster Danum Hotel on High Street.
DCDY will also be holding its annual Christmas Fayre this Saturday from 10am to 12.30pm.
Santa will be in attendance at the Danum Hotel for the event which also includes stalls, competitions and entertainment. Admission is £2.50 for adults and £1 for children and includes refreshements.
Meanwhile, the charity’s annual Memory Tree returns to the Frenchgate Centre on Monday. The tree will be open from 10am to 4pm every day until December 23 for Doncaster shoppers to pay tributes to their loved ones and also boost the charity’s campaign coffers.